The UK: Not a democracy, more a dictatorship by distraction

Governments refusal to debate NHS Bill proves they no longer represent the UK people

11th March 2015; it was to be a day of reckoning for the Conservative government and their increasingly obvious plans to dismantle and privatise the NHS. Parliament was to listen to the 2nd reading of the Green Party’s NHS Reinstatement Bill…….

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Fear and Loathing in Great Britain: The Real Legacy of David Cameron

4It’s totally normal that when a person is nearing the end of a job, they would want to leave knowing that they had some kind of impact. Barack Obama is clearly thinking of his time in office. I’m sure Zayn Wotisname from that boyband my little girl likes did the same thing. Our illustrious leader, still with four and a half years of premiership left, is clearly doing the same. After all, he said even before the election he would be stepping down after this term in office. He clearly wants to leave the impression on the world stage that he created a “Greater Britain”, yet as I sit here now, I can see David Cameron’s legacy as British Prime Minister will be one of scaremongering, manipulation and segregation (and to a certain degree, swine based debauchery). He believes in a country that cares nothing for its own citizens. He believes in a country more concerned with money than with humanity – a country that he is turning in to a corporate playground with little hideaways for tax evaders. Now you could probably say that this is just the angry rant of some anti-Tory leftie who doesn’t respect the democratic process. You’d be wrong. I accept the result of the General Election. What I deplore is the lies Mr. Cameron told to win that election. I have no problem with the Conservatives. I know many Tories and they are genuinely nice people. What I question is whether the party in power is really a Tory party, or is it like it is in America, with the Republicans being infiltrated by the infamous Tea Party? Now I’m not quite sure what our version of the Tea Party would be called, but I’m pretty sure it would still begin with a ‘T’. Heck maybe it’s UKIP, I don’t know. Either way, if you look at the actions of our six month old government (not the lies we have been told), they do appear to be very similar to a small section of our American counterparts.

2David Cameron’s new Conservative party claims to be the party for working people; that they have the UK citizens best interests at heart. This years Conservative Party Conference seems to suggest otherwise, with every major speech or claim made by a senior Tory minister expertly dissected, derided and more often than not, dis-proven.

1Theresa May stated that we need tighter controls on immigration, repeating the claim she made back in November 2010. It was seen as nothing more than an attempt by the Home Secretary to lay blame on the (apparent) state of the country on people from other countries; people whom, as it has been proven time and again, make more of a contribution to our society than they do a drain. (A full dissection of the Home Secretaries claims, and evidence to the contrary, can be found here). Her speech, whilst trying to make clear that there needs to be a difference between refugees seeking asylum, and “economic migrants”, still left many, including myself, in doubt over David Cameron’s pledge to take 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. This renewed demonisation of migrants, which is “almost devoid of a single factual accuracy”, coupled with the governments increased attacks on the low paid, hard working families, public sector workers and the disabled goes completely against the “cohesive society” soundbite that the Home Secretary coined, with great futility.
imageThis leads neatly in to George Osbourne, as he continued on his austerity journey by announcing he will cut tax credits, despite Mr. Cameron promising before the General Election, that no such cuts would be made. The Chancellor has also gone to great lengths to ignore serious human rights violations as he negotiated trade deals with China recently. A step that even former Tory party chairman Chris Pattem described as “lax” and describing Mr. Osbourne as “very far from traditional Tory instincts”. Showing support for China, as well as Saudi Arabia in a recent back-room deal that saw the worlds dominant oil producer gain a place on the UN Human Rights Council also calls in to question our governments feelings on human rights in this country. This remains a concern as Michael Gove continues to work on repealing the Human Rights Act – a fact that was carefully swept under the Party Conference carpet but is due to progress in the Autumn. It remains to be seen how much the public will find out about this step from the government directly, but I suspect little will be made by them of our links with countries that flaunt human rights to secure multi-million pound trade deals for oil and arms.

1jeremy-huntAnd then there was our trusted Health Secretary and rhyming slangs best friend, Jeremy Hunt. A man who has made no secret of his ambitions to be Tory party leader once Mr. Cameron steps down (Mr. Osbourne and Mrs. May are also considered contenders). A man who treats the country’s health service, its employees and its patients with such contempt you have to wonder if keeping Cameron around as leader a bit longer is the lesser of two evils. Mr. Hunt has had a busy month; from insulting Junior Doctors with an enforced (non-negotiated), unworkable, immoral contract, (a story I will be looking at in greater detail in my next piece) to insulting anyone in this country with a pulse by saying they need to work harder, like the Chinese. I’m all for hard work, but that alone isn’t enough. You need investment as well, plus recognition that there are those that are physically unable to work. What happens to them? This poisonous rhetoric of ‘survival of the fittest’ spouted by Mr. Hunt and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith (or IDS as he’s become known, which doesn’t at all sound like an expensive treatment for infected hemorrhoids) is just another spit in the face for those who struggle, who need help. People who genuinely need a welfare state that is being ripped out from under them. Never mind this being un-British; it’s inhumane.

Then there was the grand finale of the Conservative Party Conference, where David Cameron stood up on stage and performed the biggest work of modern day fiction over seen in a party conference. From describing Jeremy Corbyn as “a threat to national security” by cleverly quoting the new Labour leader but removing any context, (you can see Mr. Corbyn’s full thoughts, in context, here) to proudly declaring that his policies are helping the country’s poor when the opposite has been proven, he has shown nothing but barefaced contempt for the people of this country through twisting facts and figures, or just outright lying to support his own self/friends serving narrative.
imageMr. Cameron has this dream of turning the UK in to a country of “high wage, low tax and low welfare”. In theory this is something that I’m in favour of, well two-thirds anyway. I mean what family doesn’t want more money in their pocket and less to go to the tax man? The thing is that we have tax for a reason; to fund our schools, our hospitals, the upkeep of our roads and waste disposal services etc. This government, as with several before, have gone out of their way to demonise tax when they should be relying on it, championing it. People want more money, obviously, but they also want to live in a country that is kept functioning properly, You only need to look at a survey showing that a vast majority of people in this country would back a tax rise to support the NHS. I honestly do believe that if we could see our tax money in real action, making a difference to our country’s infrastructure instead of just lining politicians pockets, then we would have no real problem with it, but to live in one of the highest taxed countries in the world and to have the problems we have is just plain negligence, It is the reason why we are losing our welfare state and our other vital public services, and it’s clear evidence that the government is not listening to and does not represent the people of the UK.

3There is also the divisive subject of national defense, in particular Trident. Now I totally understand the need to defend your nation’s borders against external threats, but you have to ask if nuclear weapons are really the way to go. Mr. Cameron has gone on record as saying that he would have no problem pushing the button, and that Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to commit to such a stance undermines national security. Be in no doubt, this is scaremongering at it’s best. Firstly, if David Cameron were to press that big red button first he would be nothing more than a highly paid murderer. Secondly if the Trident missiles were to be launched in retaliation it would not have been that much of a deterrent in the first place. We are constantly told that the biggest threat to our national security right now (current Labour leader excepted) is So Called Islamic State. They don’t have nuclear weapons, they have propaganda, ideology. There is more chance of an IS member already in this country getting in to the Trident system to launch the missiles on our own soil than there is of us needing to fire them off to Syria, Iraq or any other middle eastern country our government has a vested interest in. It makes no sense. Trident isn’t a nuclear deterrent, it’s a political one – something our government can shake to make themselves look big in front of other countries.

5It’s the same argument as in America – calls are growing louder for stricter gun controls because of multiple mass shootings this year alone, yet the trigger happy faithful believe such a move will strip them of any defense against ‘the enemy’, constantly invoking their second amendment right to carry fire arms – an amendment that was invoked in 1791 when muskets were the weapon of choice, not semi-automatic rifles. Times have changed, war has changed. I wish I could say war will stop one day, but I can’t honestly say that, simply because we’re so damn good at it. We always find an excuse to pick a fight, and as we all know, nothing drives the economy faster than war. So why would we stop? The way war is fought has changed – much more divisive, much more guerrilla-like than ‘the good old days’ of the Cold War. Trident is irrelevant. Even military spokesmen have said this, saying that funds would have greater effect being used on weapons and equipment for soldiers on the front line, the ones in all the conflicts we have our feet in around the world. We sit here and berate the Americans for their stupid, antiquated, 200-year old guns laws, and yet we have exactly the same problem here with Trident. The governments priorities are totally out of touch with those of the people.
wpid-img_20151007_175119.jpgDavid Cameron’s legacy will speak for itself when the political dust has settled around his tenure as Prime Minister. The facts above will break through the spin and innuendo that this Conservative government relies so heavily upon, but by that time it will be too late. Austerity will have pummeled those already in financial hardship. Our hospitals will be run by profit hungry conglomerates rather than care providing doctors and nurses. Our children will be packed in a hundred to a room because of the 50% reduction of teaching staff.

One of my favourite phrases is this: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”. So what if it’s from Star Trek that’s how it should be. For so many people that’s how it is. You only need to look at the public reaction to the plight of the Syrian refugees to know that in spite of our own problems, when there are others in trouble we step up to help. Even if it’s just to give a terrified kid a stuffed toy, we step up. Sadly, there is the minority who thrive on secrets, lies, under-hand trade deals and ill-gotten gains. Mr. Cameron and his government has taken that powerful line and changed it to something far more sinister, but appropriate for their view of this world – “The wants of the few outweigh the needs of the many”. Maybe that should be the real New Conservative logo. At least then we’d really know where we stand.

Is The UK Government Banning Mainstream Media From Reporting On One Of The Most Important Stories Of The Year?

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I often ask myself where our society would be without social media these days. It’s become the way to keep in touch with friends and family, see hilarious (some not so much!) pictures and videos, promote businesses films and music….. Social media has also become an invaluable tool for free speech. Something that the mainstream media (TV, Radio, Newspapers) seems to have lost its grip on a while ago.

In my previous article I briefly talked about how our media is paying little or no attention to the storm surrounding Jeremy Hunt’s atrocious attack on NHS staff. That was over the weekend, and I honestly expected that when I woke up Monday morning it would be the top story on most, if not all respectable news outlets. Boy was I wrong!

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The reason I had such high expectations was because on Sunday 26th July #WeNeedToTalkAboutJeremy came to life on Twitter. Similar to its predecessor #ImInWorkJeremy, this hashtag was designed to bring together all the thoughts and feelings of the Health Secretary’s latest attempt to undermine our heath service, only this time it was more open to everyone else, as well as doctors and nurses. And boy did this thing come to life! Just one look using this hashtag lead feed showed you exactly what the people of this great country think of a man in charge of the NHS who has no qualifications to be doing so. There was much made of the petition to call for a vote of No Confidence. Awareness was rising. The nation was showing huge interest in this story. As I sit here even now, people continue to spread the word.

So if social media was alive and buzzing, what was the traditional mainstream media doing? Answer: NOTHING. On the radio, TV, websites affiliated with these broadcasters, nothing. And I don’t understand why. Surely the job of the national media and news companies are to report on stories that are in the public interest of this country? I can think of no other story, right now, that is more in the public interest than the future of its health service. Why are they not talking about this?

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The only mainstream media outlet that I have seen talk openly on this story was Channel 4’s The Last Leg, where Its host Adam Hills went off on one of his trademark rants calling out Mr. Hunt for his remarks. During this you could practically hear the entire NHS workforce applauding and cheering ‘finally, someone gets it. At last people are listening’. The weird thing is that what usually happens after one of Mr. Hills rants is they are uploaded to the shows YouTube channel. At the time of writing this, that brilliantly succinct rant has not been uploaded.

The biggest disappointment for me in all this has been the BBC. The British Broadcasting Corporation has said not one word. There has been nothing on their TV or radio stations, or on their website. We all know that the BBC has its own issues with the current government, especially ahead of the Royal Charter review, but if a corporation designed to entertain and inform is not going to report on one of the most important and relevant stories in the country right now, then what’s the point of its existence? And I’m saying this as someone who loves the BBC. Sherlock, Doctor Who, Fiona Bruce, Jeremy Vine – these are all regulars in our house, and I dread the day that the Beeb is taken from us. Why they have not reported a word of a story that is practically on their doorstep is beyond me, and if I was a conspiracy theorist I would be saying that the Government is stopping them from doing their job, gagging them. But that couldn’t be happening, not in a free and democratic country, right?

Screenshot of BBC News Website (Health) 00:36 Tuesday 27/07/2015. Also no mention on Top Stories or UK News sections.

Screenshotof BBC News Website (Health) 00:36 Tuesday 27/07/2015. Also no mention on Top Stories or UK News sections.

There has been some signs of hope in all this. The Mirror newspaper has posted a story just recently on Labour Leadership Candidate Andy Burnham, and his intent to pledge a vote of No Confidence in Jeremy Hunt. This is the first national newspaper that has openly mentioned not only the petition, but also the 200,000+ signatures. Interestingly the Guardian have also published a story on Mr. Burnham, ahead of the same press conference on Tuesday 28th July. In their story they make a point of saying that Mr, Burnham, currently Shadow Health Secretary, will be talking on the 70th anniversary of the year that a Labour government that created the NHS came in to power. It then quickly goes on to dissect Mr. Burnham’s role in the Labour leadership battle (which is totally newsworthy) but mentions nothing of the fact that he will be voting No Confidence in his Conservative counterpart when parliament resumes. Once again, a media blackout on the part of the story that affects an entire nation.

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Mirror is first national newspaper to talk about petition for vote of No Confidence in Jeremy Hunt,

The media will always have an agenda, an angle when it comes to reporting a story. This is something that, as we have become more media savvy over time, we have also come to accept. What is unacceptable is when the traditional media say nothing on a story. When they just keep quiet on a subject like this that is so important to everyone, you have to wonder why. Is there some kind of conspiracy here? Whatever the answer it appears that TV and radio (and much of the printed press) is not up to doing its job, so it’s down to us. We must keep going on social media – our tweets, posts, links etc. are working. The petition is well past 203,000 signatures, and it will only continue to grow if we keep chatting about it. Keep the pressure on, and this Government has to listen. After all, we elected them in to power – we gave them their jobs, they work for us. Not for themselves or the highly profitable private companies they’re chums with, us. These people are our representatives and so far they are not listening to us (Andy Burnham accepted).

If we don’t ensure that this latest attack on our health service is taken seriously, there will come a day where you won’t be able to go to A&E without a credit card. A day when new parents won’t be able to walk out of a maternity ward with their baby without paying a charge at the exit. That’s not us, that’s not what the UK is.

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UPDATED: Monday 28/07/2015 – 22:00

Not long after this post was first published, at 9am this morning The Last Leg finally uploaded that rant of Adam Hills towards Mr. Hunt. It is unclear why it took three and a half days to do so, but finally more attention is being drawn to the attack of the Health Secretary on the Health Service.

In print the New Statesman is the first publication to openly talk about the feelings of NHS staff since the initial reaction after Mr. Hunt announced his intentions to enforce new contracts, and insulted the entire workforce. #WeNeedToTalkAboutJeremy is highlighted and explains in great detail the reasons why the medical profession is so angry with its boss,

In the rest of TV land, and in all of radio, silence. Thankfully, as we see here, cracks are beginning to show in the media blackout. Word is getting out, people are talking, and it will be a grave social injustice if after everything I have talked about, at the very least, Jeremy Hunt is not removed from his post as Secretary for Health.

Election 2015 Aftermath: The UK Has Been Run By The Same Dictator For Forty Years. How Can We Change That?

Okay, be honest. You did NOT see that coming did you? You woke up that morning and the whole world was about to change. You just couldn’t believe what you were hearing could you? You were shocked, just like me, I still cannot believe that they’ve cancelled American Idol!

I’ll be honest, I have no real feeling towards the long running US “talent” show that gave the world Kelly Clarkson and…..I’m assuming there were other winners? I’m just looking for a witty and amusing way in to talking about one of the the most shocking UK general elections in history!

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So here we are. The votes are long since counted and now we’ve got a Conservative government for the next five years. Fully unleashed this time, no Liberal Democrats to hold their hand and say “y’know what, maybe don’t do this”. You could probably say that Tories are already on a full assault on the UK; reducing the annual household welfare cap from £26,000 to £23,000, pressing ahead with the removal of the Human Rights Act 1998 in favour of a UK Bill Of Human Rights, giving Michael Gove a job.

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Michael Gove looking surprised when he’s told he’s back in Government,

Michael Gove, you remember him. Former education minister who famously couldn’t even spell ‘Backa’…..’Bakker’…….’Chewbacca’ – BACCALAUREATE!!! Now in charge of UK justice, the man wanted to block school head teachers from reporting sex abuse in 2013, and ruled out a public enquiry in to allegations of paedophile politicians within Westminster in July 2014. Oh, and also the bloke who locked himself in a commons toilet (my personal favourite). How on earth this man even has a job, any job , never mind in the government, defies logic after his dire record as Minister for Education. Another appointment was to Justin Tomlinson as Disabilities Minister, who had previous voted against protecting benefits for disabled children. I wonder, is David Cameron actually going through his MP’s resume’s, looking at the way they have offended the UK people, and thought “now this will really piss them off”? I’m surprised they didn’t hire Jeremy Clarkson to be “Minster Of How To Really Look After Work Colleagues” #Satire. Much of this government just reeks of a giant middle finger to many people of the UK. For some, the fact that the Conservatives got the majority needed without any coalition just defies logic, especially when the opinion polls said otherwise.

Back when George W. Bush was the American President, I was off doing a bit of world travelling. Broadening my horizons was just one of the aims. During my occasional frantic search for accommodation, I would bump in to like-minded folk from the good old US of A. These Americans, so embarrassed as they were by their leader and their countries reputation, would check in to hostels saying they were Canadian. This would have hurt, especially when the relationship between America and Canada is a long standing joke – “Canada’s like a loft apartment above a really great party” Robin Williams once joked. Maybe here in the UK we had a similar situation. Maybe when being asked by pollsters (that’s people who collated polling data, not people from Poland, m’kay UKIPers!) who they were voting for, they were so embarrassed to tell the truth that they lied? Or maybe they just hadn’t made up their mind. Which ever way you look at this, you cannot blame the electorate. Everyone in this country over the age of 18 has the legal democratic right to vote for who they want in power. That right to vote came at great sacrifice and it should not be squandered or taken for granted. So you can imagine my annoyance, nay anger, when I hear people in the supermarket or the street complaining about the election result and then saying “I couldn’t be bothered to vote, knew this would happen”. 66.1% turned out for this election (up from 65.1% in 2010), that means that 33.9% of eligible voters did not vote. Oh yes, maths! If you are part of this 33.9% and you are complaining about the result you only have yourself to blame.

A lot of people place fault on the voting system itself. This whole ‘First Past The Post’ thing was fine when the race was between two political parties, but with at least eight at the very least attracting serious support from the voters, this system is completely irrelevant and needs to be changed. Proportional representation is something that seems to be called for at the end of every election, because the votes don’t seem to translate directly to seats. This year it was even more obvious that things have to change to really become fair.

_82873519_prop_rep-01Oh yes, graphs! No matter which way you try to spin this, the Conservatives received more votes, but Labour are much closer vote for vote. Scarily, so too are UKIP. You know UKIP. Lead by Nigel Farage who, after losing his seat in Thanet, became the only one of three resigning party leaders to be unable to resign effectively. No, I don’t like UKIP, but others do, just as they like the Green Party etc. That’s part of democracy. Electoral reform will go one step closer to reflecting the voters choices. There are now many petitions going around demanding a change to the UK voting system. Now is the time to get your voice heard and make our system fairer!

Away from the question of fairness, there is one of choice. Some people have blamed the parties opposing the Tories, especially their leaders. “Weak” and “unconvincing” were words I sometimes heard to describe the opposition. (In the interest of fairness yes I did hear some words to describe the current government but they’re not suitable for a serious political article like this. Okay, maybe I just couldn’t spell them!) I was surprised when Nick Clegg kept his seat and feel genuinely sorry for a man that I believe made a huge difference in the last government, simply by being a roadblock in the Conservatives plans. Sadly, all people remember is that he made a mistake and apologised for saying there would be free tuition fees. There will now be a lot of policies being put in to practise by this majority Conservative government that the Libs Dems would have opposed and blocked. The repeal of the Human Right Act is just one known example. Be in no doubt, Nick Clegg will be missed from Government.

Sadly Labour’s former leader will not be missed, simply because we never got to know him. Ed Milliband was jinxed from the moment he beat his brother David in the leadership contest, and from there he was treated, as Jeremy Paxman so eloquently put it, like “a north London geek”. There seemed to be some defence of Ed’s character through the completely unexpected “Millifandom” craze. But even with his apparent burgeoning sex appeal, together with his endorsement from “yoof” friendly anti-establishment “comedian” Russell Brand, and his polished speeches accompanied with apparent new found confidence couldn’t save him from such a crushing defeat.

During a prolonged commentary on my Twitter feed during the aftermath of the election, when we witnessed some impromptu demonstrations against austerity outside Downing Street (including rioting and defacing of a war memorial. On VE Day. Classy!) I made an observation:

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Oh yes, Twitter! I was surprised at the support this comment received. I mean look at those stats – join the retweets and the favourites together and you’ve got double figures! (Maybe I need a reform too?) Still, this comment has stayed with me, and is the main reason for this article. For all the choice we have, the chance to vote, the reforms we want to make it fairer, you have to ask if this democracy of ours is really fair, when we are influenced so much by the media. Rupert Murdoch to me is the one who holds the power and influence over this country. He’s in our lives constantly. Many of us have him in our homes. Every time we switch on a Murdoch owned TV show, or open one of his papers, it’s like willingly inviting some kind of ancient lecherous vampire in to your house. News International is well known as a multinational corporation with it’s own political agenda. Their newspapers including the Sun and Times helped to promote the idea of Nick Clegg being unable to keep a promise, the idea of Milliband being that north London geek, supporting the Tories in England. It swung it’s support in Scotland behind the SNP who romped home to the kind of landslide victory politicians dream of.

I’ve read articles saying that Murdoch isn’t anywhere near as influential as he used to be. Ed Miliiband even said it in his little chat with Russell Brand, but I wonder if he too is now re-evaluating that comment. Murdoch’s power, while diluted in recent years with the phone hacking scandal, the closure of News Of The World, and the public using the internet a lot more to gather information, is still just as potent and as poisonous. I saw that former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair has advised his party that they need to return to the ways of New Labour. That having a more politically centred approach is the best way to get Labour back in to Number 10. Yeah Mr. Blair, that and the huge public backing you received from Rupert Murdoch!

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The relationship between the media and politics has always been a nice cosy one. It’s practically symbiotic. Politicians are media savy these days – they have to be for they’re in front of the camera. And that’s a huge problems. Everything is staged, nothing feels genuine. That’s why Farage was such a breath of fresh air, seeming to come across as a man who says it as he see’s it. Which is wrong by the way but, yes, praise for Farage there.

No British government since 1978 has been elected without the support of Rupert Murdoch. He has effectively been a political public relations machine for almost 40 years. But why is he so interested in British politics? During the investigations as part of the Leveson Enquiry, John Major revealed Murdoch’s long standing dislike of the European Union. It is alleged that Murdoch is strongly opposed to any anti-competition regulations that prevent his vast media empire from expanding. With the UK removed from the EU his empire could start to expand further, away from the prying eyes of Brussels,

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It’s worth noting that the Leveson Enquiry report, published after investigations in to the News Of The World and the general ethics and practises of the British press, while welcomed by David Cameron, has not had it’s recommendations implemented.Ed Milliband wanted full legally binding press regulation, Nick Clegg also wanted to see changes, Cameron didn’t. Nothing has changed. Murdoch’s empire has helped to keep the conservatives in power through fear, casting doubt on Labour’s ability to manage the UK finances and portraying Ed Milliband as a self-serving traitor who would jump in to bed with the SNP at a moments notice just to gain power. All this while portraying the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon as the woman who will wreck our economy, and yet throwing it’s support behind this very party in the Scottish edition of the Sun, The whole 2015 General Election was manipulated by a greedy old man who wants nothing more than to grow his right wing media empire in the UK without any competition or laws to stop him.

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So how do we stop him? Lets be honest, this government aren’t going to do a thing. It’s down to us. We stop buying in to Murdoch’s lies. Put down his papers; The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times. Authors – don’t use the Authonomy website any more – it’s owned by Murdoch, as is Harper Collins Publishers. Oh, and Sky TV BSkyB is still 39.1% owned by Murdoch, so switch off your Sky too! If he doesn’t have a reason to be in the UK, he’ll up and leave. So can you do it? CAN YOU??!

Note: Sky TV UK has just bought Sky Deutchland and Sky Italy from 21st Century Fox. This will create ‘Sky Europe’. Draw from that what you will.

Right, I’ve got the latest episode of The Blacklist recorded on Sky+, so I’m off! I will jut say this – watch this government closely. Very closely. I have to wonder if doing things like hiring Michael Gove to repeal the Human Rights Act is a distraction. No one expects it to succeed. Scotland have already said ‘no chance’. So what else are they doing in the background, hmm?

In the meantime, here’s a fun game – LET’S ALL SLAP MICHAEL GOVE!!

Enjoy.

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If we want to Improve our country, we need to take responsibility for it.

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Yesterday I walked through the front door with my son. As ever the post was there waiting. While I put our coats away he did his sorting of the mail, and suddenly he stopped. He threw one piece on the ground. He shouted, angrily. It was weird because usually he tries to eat the post, but on this occasion this one piece was going nowhere near his mouth.

I should probably explain here that my son is just over a year old. He’s like a hyperactive puppy on amphetamines. Usually such a happy kid, but right now he was angry. He was shouting (and by now stamping on) a flyer from our local UKIP candidate, who is of course trying to drum up support before May 7th. In our house, like in many UK households, we’ve all been paying close attention to the debates and the interviews from all the politicians. Like all the pundits are saying, it’s a really close call. Yet as claims and counter-claims between political parties, putting out policies only to have them criticised and debunked, it’s become difficult to trust or believe any of them. You could probably argue this is the natural progression of any democratic election campaign. I trust Nigel Farage though.

Let me clarify; I do not trust any of the political parties to be able to solve our problems in the UK. I do trust UKIP, however, to run our country in to the ground. My reason is very simple; their slogan of “Believe in Britain”, while catchy, is completely misleading. They are asking us to believe in a Britain that doesn’t exist.

Famously UKIP’s target for blame with all the problems in this country lies with immigrants. Mr. Farage has even had the audacity to claim that “the immigrants” are the reason our National Health Service is overstretched and in seemingly endless debt.  Every time I have been in to A&E (the rate has increased slightly since the kids came along) I have never, if rarely seen “the immigrants” sat waiting for attention. Mind there was one who looked like his broken his arm. Think we can all agree that’s pretty serious. Most of the other “non-immigrants” were, yes, waiting with quite serious injuries too– fractured skulls, concussions. Then there were those with “a cold that hasn’t gone away in two days”, or their “hair was turning grey”. Someone even had “itchy teeth”. And no, I’m not making this up. And no, these people were not immigrants. They were UK nationals who felt that they deserved to be seen for these “conditions” because they pay their taxes. That it’s their right to be seen.

Immigration is not destroying our NHS – lack of education is. Kids are receiving sexual health lessons, why not general health education? Teach our kids about the NHS, how it works, which services to use when. This would work against people developing some kind of self-entitled hypochondria and turning up with a diagnosis they themselves found on Google, demanding anti-biotics for a virus from a trained medical professional whose time could be much better spent attending to people with serious conditions. Most people, and I include “the immigrants” in this statement, speak to people, ask friends, family members about their concerns. They do not waste the A&E service. It stands for Accident and Emergency, not All & Everything.

broken-EU

In other UKIP news, the European Union is bad. We should leave it. No, we shouldn’t. Now I realise that a referendum is a fair way off, but I wanted to get this off my chest. No, the EU is not perfect, and it does need reform. Britain should be at the forefront of that reform, not running off sulking in a corner when they don’t get their way.

The EU is like one giant childs birthday party at a creche. Young Britain has been invited by all his friends to come and roll around in the softplay. But Britain doesn’t want to go in the softplay, he wants to see a magic show instead. When he doesn’t get his way he threatens to leave. The other kids don’t like Britain when he behaves so naughty, so they turn away leaving him to cry in to his juice box. Now because Britain has been so rude, Little france and Germany and all the other children don’t like him any more. They don’t want to play with him. This is what I see happening if we leave the EU, and I firmly believe it will do more harm than good to leave the ‘party’ in a spoilt huff, rather than getting in there with the softplay and slowly convincing the others to maybe see a magic show later.

I do not believe that UKIP is lying in it’s manifesto, in it’s debates. To lie about something is to have full knowledge that what you’re saying is untrue. They believe in their policies because they cannot see the UK’s position in the real world. Yes, we’re in dangerous times, often feeling like we’re on the brink (largely thanks to a media system that thrives on promoting fear to create a need for control. More on Rupert Murdoch in a future article from me I’m sure!). If we start denying “the immigrants” access to our country simply because they are from another country, if we do not take responsibility for our own actions as UK nationals and how we treat our own fragile resources and services instead of blaming others, if we don’t stay part of an admittedly flawed system and try to fix it, we are simply denying our responsibility and place we have in this world. We would be outcasts, forgotten and left to regress back to the dark ages, rather than trying to forge a better future for the next generation.

It’s always easier to turn back against a head wind, rather than push on against the elements to where you could go.

I was going to put up a picture of that UKIP flyer I mentioned. Unfortunately my wife came home, picked it up and tore it to shreds, so sorry about that. She always hated crap in the house.